I built a ramdisk root partition for redhat 5.2, but it seems to crash as
soon as the kernel jumps to the ramdisk.
The last message I see is:
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 fileseystem).
I built the ramdisk according to the instructions in docs/bootdisks
(followed it precisely)
Basically, I zeroed /dev/ram, made it an ext2 file system, and then mounted
it on /mnt.
I then created /mnt/dev, /mnt/etc, /mnt/bin, /mnt/sbin, /mnt/lib, /mnt/usr,
I populated dev with cp -dpR /dev /mnt
I then copied most of the /bin and /sbin binaries into their respective
locations. I issued an ldd /mnt/bin/init and copied all of the libraries
required by init. I stripped out the debug information with objmove from
the libraries and maintained symbolic links.
I then unmounted /mnt and copied the contents of /dev/ram to a file with a
dd if=/dev/ram of=rootfs bs=1k
It said there was a read/write error at this step. Not sure what caused the
Could someone post a generic redhat 5.2 (intel) ramdisk root partition (one
that can be mounted by the kernel and contains basic binaries)? I would
really like to try a ramdisk that I know is working.